Benitez put a great deal of preparation into his list of complaints about the Manchester United boss and delivered his speech in a calm manner. But the material was dynamite as he focused on Ferguson's complaints about fixtures and his perceived bullying of referees.
VIDEO: Rafa's rant! Liverpool boss launches stinging attack on Fergie - plus full transcriptThe outburst came ahead of the Reds' match at Stoke where victorywould have allowed Benitez to look down on the rest of the PremierLeague. But after drawing at the Britannia Stadium it was widelyconsidered the Anfield chief had failed in an attempt to take onFerguson at mind games.
Earlier this month Ferguson was handed a touchline ban after hispost-match complaints about referee Alan Wiley's fitness, so, doesBenitez allow himself a wry smile?
Talking point: Benitez (right) had plenty to say about Old Trafford chief Ferguson
'No,' he said. 'I thought it was the best way to put things acrossand that people would see something that everybody knew and maybe noone could say. I said it. I was talking about facts,' he told The Times.
'Now the situation is different, but you still see things that you could say.
'It's better to leave it and focus on my team and try to improve our performance. That's the best way to help my team.'
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